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Happy Earth Day Everyone!!

Were you earth-friendly today? Not gonna lie – I didn’t do the best job ever – I drove to work, and used a cardboard cup from Starbucks. I am really glad that Earth Day exists though because I believe it is important to give people (like me!) an excuse to rethink their daily habits. I have about 4 reusable travel mugs at home – I should definitely start using them more and save 10 cents off my coffee’s.

I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA lately. I haven’t blogged since last Wednesday *sigh* – the last week has been pretty good. I went to the gym Friday and Saturday of last week. However, on Saturday I ran 4 miles in 41 minutes (which was great) but I think I may have messed up my knee somehow because it has hurt every time I have tried to workout since (even when I’m doing lower impact training like the elliptical or biking), which worries me. So I’m trying to take a break from running this week.

I am really looking forward to this weekend though. My in-laws are visiting and I think we’re planning another trip up to Banff to see the mountains. Its raining outside right now though – which I think is giving them a bit of a false impression of Calgary  (where it rains like once every 2 months).  Its so nice to see them, we had a great dinner out at Moxies, after picking them up from the airport. Then watched Survivor, because Ryan’s mom is a HUGE fan.

I almost forgot to mention my eats for the week, I’ve made some good ones!

Cinnamon Maple French Toast & Coffee

Stir-Fried Rice & Veggies

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Pad Thai Noodles with Tofu

I promise I’ll post a longer update next time – but for now – family calls.

What did you all get up too this week? I have sooo many blogs to catch up on in my Google Reader – thats on my agenda for this weekend. I’m looking forward to reading them.

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Hi All,

I had a nice long post planned out for tonight – but I am so exhausted that I think I’m gonna make it a quick one and head to bed early. Work this week has been madness. I feel like I haven’t had time to sit down much since Monday, and somehow my to-do list is growing at astronomical speed :S

Anyways, my eats so far this week were pretty yumm-tastic.

Monday:

– Breakfast of almond butter and banana on a whole grain wrap. First time trying it – really impressed.

– Lunch was a sandwich with lettuce, hummus, laughing cow cheese, mustard, turkey and salami

– Dinner wasn’t eaten until 9 (worked late) but the boy kindly made me a mini pizza with olives, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. So sweet of him.

Tuesday

– Breakfast: Green Monster with lotsa spinach, almond milk, flax seed, banana, honey, and some OJ. So yummy – I forgot ice cubes though – that would’ve made it even better!

– Lunch: Mixed Salad with Mozzarella Cheese, Zucchini, Cucumber & Tomato with Greek Dressing.

lunch preview: that's a coke zero I swear!

– Dinner: Wendy’s – FAIL! I was so excited to catch Glee and the Biggest Loser that I slacked on dinner …. oops. Did you catch either of them, thoughts?

Today

– Breakfast: Oats with Coconut Butter, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup and Almond Milk

I may be a *tad* in love with almond milk

– Lunch: Repeat of Monday’s Sandwich – Quick, Easy and Tasty.

– Dinner: Modified this recipe, subbed goat cheese for blue cheese and it was still delish – served with garlic veggies.

Fitness

Strangely this is the one area this week that I actually feel like I’m kicking butt in – here’s a recap.

Monday: 32 minute treadmill interval run for 3.1 miles. My knee was bugging me a bit so I took it a bit slower than I planned. I also stretched for 10 minutes afterwards.

Tuesday: 30 minutes on the stationary bike (reading the book I mention below), followed by 20 minutes of abs + strength training.

Today: 30 minutes on treadmill with 20 minutes of 1 minute on, 1 minute off sprints, covered 5K in about 28.5 minutes.

Tomorrow is my off day – I’m sooo looking forward to sleeping in for a bit. Nevertheless, I’m stoked that I got my butt to the gym 3 days in a row. That’s a step in the right direction.

What have you been up to this week?

*Sidenote* I recently picked up Michael Pollan’s ‘Omivore’s Dilemma’ – have you read it? So far I’m really enjoying it. I had no idea Corn was in so much of our food – apparently over a 1/4 of the supermarket is primarily corn based products. Thats a bit shocking and sad to me. What do you think about that?

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Hi All – Hope you all had fantastic Easter weekends.

My was pretty stellar, considering it was our first one being away from family. Unfortunately, since we both just started new jobs, taking vacation time to go home for a weekend seemed like it wouldn’t be the best decision. I did hear from my parents though – and my fabulous boy made me a AMAZING easter dinner – which made it a little easier.

Anyways, we started Good Friday off on the right note by eating bacon at breakfast 😛 *sigh* so bad. Haha, neither of us even remembered the ‘no meat’ rule until after we had finished – oops. In the afternoon, Ryan accompanied me to a mall just outside of the city that I had been hearing lots and lots about. Its called CrossIron Mills and its very much like Vaughn Mills in Toronto (for any East Coast readers), a giant circle with outlets and big box stores. I was particularly excited for Forever 21 and the Banana Republic Outlet. Seriously, I would wear Banana Republic everyday if I could, and a $90 pair of pants for 30% off was a great deal. The downside was that the mall was insanely busy!! Needless to say Ryan was pretty eager to get out of there after a few hours of shopping. I grabbed Sushi at the mall for a late lunch (ie. 4 in the afternoon), and Ryan had leftovers once we got home.  Considering we stayed so late at the mall – we knew we wouldn’t be eating dinner until close to 9. Nevertheless, I made sure dinner ROCKED. I followed a lasagna recipe from Allison from Eat Clean Live Green. I was amazed at how few ingredients there were (my mom’s recipe is like 2 pages long), and we managed to find whole wheat lasagna and low-fat ricotta. Lets just say – it was ridiculously good – and we’ll have leftovers for a week, therefore I = happy camper.

nom nom nom

On Saturday, we got up bright and early and headed to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by 10 minutes on the bike and some stretching. I always love hitting the gym early in the day – it makes me feel like I’ve gotten my day started on the right foot (literally!). For dinner on Saturday I was craving Mexican, so we decided to hit up the Chili’s in town. I have really amazing memories of shopping trips across the border, when I lived in London – that always consisted of a trip to Chili’s. Turns out the drinks aren’t as cheap north of the border, and no free nachos 😦 so that was a tad disappointing. The food was still pretty stellar though.

On Sunday, the boy decided to make us our first real Easter dinner together. Check out this spread.

big birdie

After a quick shopping trip in the morning for necessary ingredients, he whipped up: a turkey, baked butter biscuits, roasted tomatoes, jean chretien scalloped potatoes (my mom’s recipe), stuffing, gravy and of course – WINE. Seriously, I may be the luckiest girl in the world that my boy loves to cook so much. It was so nice of him to use some of my mom’s recipes as well – it really made it feel like a Easter dinner from my childhood.

As a random side note, I must share a tip for all turkey-bakers out there… bacon on top of the turkey = mind blowing AMAZING. Seriously – you MUST try it.

So that basically sums up my weekend. I was back at work today, but managed to get in a 4 mile run in about 42 minutes before work. Its the longest I’ve gone in awhile, *yay*

In preparation for my gym trip last night I decided to update some of my workout playlists. One of my favorite things to do is to listen through old CD’s (yes, CD’s) because they 1) bring back fabulous memories, and 2) remind me of GREAT songs that I often forget about once they stop being played on the radio religiously.

Here are some of my gems from last night:

  • Here’s To The Night – Eve 6 (reminds me of Grade 8 *sigh*)
  • Ironic, Hands Clean, You Outta Know – Alanis Morisette
  • Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy – Big n’ Rich
  • Crazy in Love – Beyonce & Jay-Z
  • Yeah – Usher, Lil John & Ludacris (ridiculously obsessed with this song years ago)
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves (a favorite from my childhood)
  • Stronger – Britney Spears
  • Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (My dad’s fav song ever)
  • Tipsy – J-Kwon (favorite song from when I could first legally hit the bar)
  • Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire – September
  • You Only Get What You Give – New Radicals
  • Black Betty – Ram Jam
  • Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

What are your favorite Workout Songs?

Before I head off for the night, I just want to give a shout out to some lovely readers who commented on my last post. Its always nice to know someone is reading. Thanks Susan, Julie, and Angela – you all ROCK!

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Organics

Hi All, hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was pretty good – not too exciting, but that’s a nice change of pace sometimes. Saturday morning I enjoyed sleeping in a bit while Ryan went for a run…. OUTSIDE…. by himself.  My hamstrings starting bothering me a lot after my run on Thursday, so I unfortunately had to let Ryan do his first outdoor run solo. I felt awful about it since I was the one the pushed him into doing it – but was impressed that he still went. He found some snazzy app on his iPhone that does basically the same thing as a Nike+ , so I think that kept him company.

While he was out, I decided to take a trip to the health food store. It’s only like 2 blocks away and they had some schweet sales on – so I had planned to make a trip over there at some point this week anyways. Here’s a little picci of what I left with:

Hello Healthy Food

Hello Healthy Food

  • – Miso soup mix (yum – so excited to use this at work)
  • – Annie’s Mac & Cheese mixes (on sale)
  • – Amy’s Broccoli Pot Pies (also on sale)
  • – Artisana Coconut Butter (on sale – soooo excited about this one)

For lunch on Saturday we checked out one of the ‘rumored’ best burger joints in Calgary called The Holy Grill (haha!). I had the gourmet burger (with cheddar instead of blue cheese – I’m not a fan of blue cheese). The burger was ‘out of this world’ good – soooo yummy! I had happy tastebuds after that one.

Then later in the afternoon the boy and I decided to run some errands which consisted of a grocery run (yay for finding a 36 pack of laughing cow cheese for $7.99 – huzzah) and a trip to Best Buy – where I picked up one of these pretty little things.

I’m still figuring out the iPod Touch, but I’m loving it so far.

Sunday was much less eventful that Saturday, but at least the eats were good.  We started the day off right with some cinnamon french toast topped with strawberries/raspberries and maple syrup. Delish.  Then for dinner, we dug out Giada’s Everyday Pasta cookbook and made Angel Hair Pasta with Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes – except we subbed linguine for angel hair, because it was all we had. It was tasty – and the goat cheese made it super creamy (without using actual cream – love that).

Today, I made up for my easygoing Sunday by getting out of the house by 6:45 and working out for an hour before work. I attempted a HIIT elliptical sesh for the first time in my life – and boy did it work! I was a sweaty mess! I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, burning 375 calories or so. I alternated the intensity between level 7 for 40 seconds and level 9 for 20 seconds. It was TOUGH. Once I finished that, I stretched out my quads and hamstrings (hopefully this will prevent issues like what I had last week), and did some weighted side-bends and ab work with a medicine ball.

Once I got to work, I knew I was in for a long day! Time seemed to pass sooo slowly today. I bolted out of there at 4:30, desperate for some fresh air. Tonight, Ryan and I made some Jerk Tilapia Filets (turned out delish) and garlic veggies – it was a perfect little healthy dinner. Now I’m off to watch some Dancing with the Stars – I’m really liking it this season.

In other news, shopping for organics this weekend, (and listening to some Jillian Michaels podcasts today) got me thinking about Organic Food. We try and buy organics whenever we can – but sometimes price wins out over quality, which I hate to admit. Some organics are redonkulously expensive – (yes, I just used that word in a sentence!) How do you guys feel about Organic Foods – do you have any advice on which foods are better to buy organic/which are the cheapest?

Also, how was your Monday?

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OIAJ Love

Hi All,

Can I just begin by mentioning how excited I am for GLEE to be returning in the next couple of weeks!

The promo commercials have made the upcoming season looking Super Fantastic Amazing!! So pumped.

So this week started off on an interesting note, the majority of my day workday yesterday was spent in a 5+ hour strategic planning meeting. They should’ve just called it a conference, 😛 It was very informative, but sooo long. I was definitely grateful for the free coffee and lunch – very necessary. Before work I tried out a breakfast I had never had before, Oats in a Jar.

It was a really great way of using up every last inch of the jar, and not wasting dishes. I love anything that makes my breakfast cleanup easier.

Oh yes, I almost forgot to post the pics of the Pad Thai dinner we made on Sunday.

Doesn’t that look gorgeous. So tasty too!

Last nights eats consisted of homemade pizza (that Ryan was FAR too excited about), but turned out great. We used tomato sauce, goat cheese, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and olives. In the words of Rachael Ray – YUM-O.

Today I deliberately planned on going into work early, so I could finish up by 4:00 and make it home in time to get a decent outdoor run in. On my way to work I made sure to swing by Starbucks though, and pick up a croissant for free pastry day! Its not like I didn’t already adore Starbucks, but I love a freebie, and more so – I love companies that spoil their customers.

On my way home from work the weather was a beautiful 8 degrees and I rushed back so I could run 5K at 6.2 min/km pace by the Bow River.  I finished in about 32.40 and was actually surprised the time wasn’t worse when I finished – it seemed like a tougher run today. Once I got home, a random moment happened – one of the guys from my PR program in London last year sent me a Facebook message asking if I had been running out by the river tonight. Turns out he moved to Calgary last year, as well, and apparently had passed me when I was running. Such a small world moment. I had no idea he was in town – we’ll have to find an excuse to hang out and catch up.

Now I’m hanging out in bed and relaxing. In all honesty, I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I think I might have some combination of a cold/sore throat happening because I’m gradually developing a “man voice”, :P. Thankfully, I have a special guy who whipped up some green tea with fresh ginger grated into it to help me feel better. Love him for that.

I think I’m going to head off early tonight in the hopes that a good sleep will make this cold get better, not worse. Night all!

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Hi Hi,

So I am writing this post pre-Sunday dinner, but suspect it will not get posted until afterwards – so I should have pictures to share with you then. We’re planning on whipping up some Pad Thai for dinner! I haven’t had Thai food in forever, and its probably my 2nd favorite type of food – next to sushi of course :).

This weekend has been pretty low-key but definitely enjoyable. It started off on a good foot, Friday night Ryan and I wandered over to the Moxie’s nearby and had drinks and split the appetizer platter  – so much food – we had loads of leftovers. The place was hopping on Friday though, I think it was because we arrived shortly after a Flames game ended so there were tons of people in Jerseys.

Saturday was another bright sunny day in Calgary, and I decided to attempt my first outdoor run of the year. One of the best parts of where we are living in Calgary is that its within a 5 minute walk to the Bow River around which are tons of walking/biking/running trails. I continue to be impressed with how conducive the City of Calgary is to an active lifestyle, and the number of people I notice exercising in this city continues to blow my mind. The run went really well, despite a few technology malfunctions. My Nike+ system kinda decided to poop out on me, so I had no idea how far I had run. My watch told me I ran for around 30 minutes, but according to the Nike+ I had only run 0.01 miles and my pace was like 3046 seconds/mile :S hrm… see what I mean – its definately on the fritz. I’m glad I didn’t let it get in the way of my run though, and now I have yet another reason to invest in a GARMIN. One day soon folks, one day soon.

Nice to run in my some of my colder weather clothes though – I actually like them more than shorts/t-shirt.

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Last night Ryan had made plans to play poker with some work people again (its becoming a bit of a routine I guess). So I took the free night as an opportunity to catch up with a few of my friends from back in London.

I can’t even tell you how nice it is to hear the familiar voice of a friend after months of being away.

Sorry, facebook/twitter and emails – just don’t even compare. I spent about an hour each chatting with a two of my friends from London. One was my old roommate who I have known for about 7 years now, and this is the first time we’ve ever not been in the same place during that time. I think we’re both adjusting to not having the other around for girl-talk and Starbucks runs. My other friend, had a baby about 2 weeks after I moved here – so I haven’t even seen him in person. Breaks my heart a bit to be missing out on such an exciting time in her life. But she had me laughing with all sorts of crazy baby stories. She sounded really happy – which was so nice to hear. Don’t you love catching up with friends you haven’t heard from in awhile?

I’m finding it a bit difficult not having much of a social circle out here, so hopefully staying in close touch with friends from home will make it easier, at least initially.

Anyways, Ryan decided to bring some of his buddies back to our place last night at like 11:30 when I was already in my jammies 😛 So I had to do a quick change into something presentable and I hung out with them for an hour or so.

Today, we got up and ran a few errands (need to get the essentials for pad thai – can you tell I’m excited yet?).  My lunch today was a leftover quinoa/chickpea/roasted veggie mix that I made for dinner last night. Its sooo yummy.

We then watched Kung Fu Panda for the 2nd time this week – I think Ryan in a little in love with that movie. After the movie, Ryan decided to whip up some homemade hummus – which he had been talking about doing FOREVER. It was really delicious and was mostly made with ingredients the average person would already have on hand. Because Angela kindly commented and asked me to share the recipe, here it is:

Ryan’s Homemade Hummus

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • juice of one lemon + one lime,
  • 1/2 cup of tahini
  • lots of olive oil
  • dash of cumin

Basically you just throw it all in a food processor and blend away, adding more olive oil, as needed. Its super easy and the cumin/lime juice mix gave it a bit of a unique smoky kick. Very tasty.

Okay so maybe I’m not going to get to the Pad Thai picture in this post – but I promise it will be in the next one. Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello Bloggies,

Sorry for the delay in posting, this week at work has been pretty busy.

However,  I found sometime early Thursday morning to do a little tour of my new office.

Hello InternetSBUX obvi + phone

I stayed a bit late at work on Thursday because we were working on a large event for Friday, and it involved a bit of setup …. And blowing up balloons with a helium tank. Now I can say that’s something I’ve done. It was pretty fun actually. Thursday night I spent relaxing and catching up with Grey’s/CSI and my PVR episodes for the week. Friday morning was spent working at the event that I mentioned before – it was pretty entertaining and wasn’t actually that much work for me. Pretty good way to spend a morning.

Friday afternoon, my boss told me I could leave early if I wanted too (since I worked late the day before) – which was a nice surprise. I stuck around until about 4, fiddling with some facebook/twitter stuff for work and then decided to jump at the chance to get an early start to the weekend.

On Saturday, Ryan and I got up with plans to hit the gym early. Ryan had told me earlier in the week about a 5K some people he works with were running in for Mother’s Day, and asked if I’d be interested. Well obvi, I was! BUT…then I decided I should try and talk him into running it with me. I told him he has lots of time to work up to running that distance, and if it gets too hard he can always stop and walk for a bit. So to make me happy (or to make me quit bugging him… not sure which) he decided to try out the treadmill with me on Saturday. He ran at a consistent pace for 15 minutes before getting tired and I was soooo proud of him. He even said it “didn’t suck as much as he thought it would”. I think I may have a new running buddy in the future – which is so exciting.

Last night we decided to choose another restaurant from Dine Out Calgary, and tried Ric’s Grill, a steakhouse very close to our place. It was delicious, I had the bruschetta, filet mingion and crème brulee. So delightful – I think we’ll definitely be trying that place again for a full-priced meal.

When we got back from dinner last night I noticed one of my friends had texted me asking if I wanted to join her for a little gym sesh today. I was definitely down for trying out the gym in her condo, and I had never been to her place before and figured it would a nice way to start my day. Her place is gorgeous, with a pool and a big gym – I was very impressed. She said she needs to start running more as well – so I may have gained two running buddies out of this weekend – not too shabby.

This afternoon, the boy and I headed out to run some errands (ie. groceries) and also stopped in to see Alice in Wonderland. Ryan loves Tim Burton movies, I mainly just think he is creepy – but I like the story – so we compromised. I didn’t looove the movie, but I didn’t hate it either… it was just kinda “meh”. Ryan agreed that he had seen better from Tim Burton. I think the Nightmare Before Christmas will always be his favorite.

I’ll leave you with this post-run picture of tiredness I took earlier. Two workouts in one weekend = exhaustion.

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